Drug officers raid three homes on Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Soldotna man was arrested and two other Kenai Peninsula residents were under investigation after raids on three marijuana-growing operations this week.

Alaska State Troopers said Jerry Pruitt, 44, of Soldotna, was charged with 10 drug counts after two search warrants were served by drug enforcement officers at homes owned by Pruitt in Soldotna and Kenai.

The searches Wednesday found commercial growing equipment, 63 marijuana plants, 2 1/2 pounds of processed marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine, two loaded handguns and more than $1,500.

On Thursday, drug enforcement officers seized 182 unrooted starter marijuana plants at another Soldotna home.

Investigators said the residence was home to a large commercial hydroponics grow operation. Troopers also seized $1,300 in cash.

A man and woman at the home were contacted but not arrested. Troopers said felony drug charges would be forwarded to the Kenai District attorney.

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